Workers have the ability to be advocates and effective change agents within their factories. We help workers to realize their rights on the factory floor, and find ways to boost their skills so that they can engage in productive discussions and negotiate with employers.
We create opportunities that draw out workers’ potential, such as participation in Performance Improvement Consultative Committees which give workers a greater say in their factory conditions. We also work with trade union and ILO partners to ensure that workers have the capacity to represent their fellow workers in advancing their rights and interests, as partners in dialogue with employers.
More than 80% of the world’s 60 million garment factory workers are female. We strive to ensure women’s voices are heard, and their needs are taken into account. We also seek to empower workers through a range of social initiatives such as specialised trainings, fashion and photography shows, radio competitions and participation in conferences and Buyers’ Forums.
Independent research and our own worker surveys tell us that the impact of our programmes transcend far beyond the workers and penetrate their communities. Improvements in working conditions and compliance can lead to higher worker household income, increased family remittances, better mental and physical health and improved education and health outcomes for family members of garment workers.